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Feeding the world one meal at a time

Micheal Lipscomb works at Bricks 4 Kidz in Ashburn packaging meals to feed the world’s hungry April 12. Photo Courtesy/Tammy Reynolds
With Loudoun County and its affluent reputation, Tracy Bunch wanted to make sure the children that participate in the Loudoun County Virginia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. knew that everything is not always as it seems on the surface.

That's why the work the organization does is so important, she said.

“We really try to embrace what's going on in Loudoun County. It's not just a six-figure salary, there are a lot of people out there that are struggling,” Bunch, president of the organization said.

The nonprofit recently joined forces with Stop Hunger Now and worked April 12 in Ashburn to package 10,000 meals to be distributed around the world to feed those most in need.

Jack and Jill already has signed an agreement to partner with Stop Hunger Now for the same event next year, Bunch said.

This year's event was held at Bricks 4 Kidz in Ashburn in The National Recreation and Park Association Building.

"The Loudoun County Virginia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America has a long rich history of service here in the Loudoun County community,” Bunch said. “This year, our national organization has taken on the mission to eradicate hunger. Partnering with Stop Hunger Now allows our families and especially our children to develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities that we all must share for those living in our community and across the world who are in need. As president of the chapter, I applaud the energy, excitement and commitment by our membership to support this very worthwhile organization.”

Founded in 1998, Stop Hunger Now has delivered aid and disaster relief supplies in the form of food, medical supplies, clothing, school supplies and more to thousands of disaster victims and other hungry and vulnerable people in 65 countries.

"We are honored that the Loudoun County Virginia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. decided to sponsor and host this phenomenal event at our location,” said Robin Burke, owner of Bricks 4 Kidz. “I am proud that we are able to participate in the effort to Stop Hunger Now, literally.”

Around the world, more than 868 million people lack adequate food and more than 25,000 die each day from hunger-related illnesses, according to Stop Hunger Now. Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging locations in 18 cities throughout the U.S. and international locations in South Africa and Malaysia. New locations opened in 2013 include Dallas/Fort Worth, Salt Lake City and Italy. More than 300,000 volunteers from corporations, churches, schools and civic organizations have packaged Stop Hunger Now meals.

But for the Loudoun County Virginia Chapter of Jack and Jill Inc., the work is not a once-a-year endeavor. The group regularly works to donate food to local food banks.

“So far we have donated 1,000 pounds of food to the Loudoun Interfaith Shelter,” Bunch said.

The group also volunteers at Loudoun's homeless shelters, sponsoring clothing boutiques to raise money, decorating the facility for Christmas and more.

“We've impressed upon [our volunteers] that there's hunger in their own community,” Bunch said. “This is a way for them to see things on a local and global level. Loudoun County is definitely a unique place in the world, but it's just a small place in the world. We're hoping that they can appreciate the world around them.”

For more information visit http://www.lcvcjackandjill.org.


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